KEMPER GmbH is a plant engineering company based in Vreden, Germany. The company’s portfolio includes welding, cutting, automation, and solar energy solutions; vacuum and filter units; cutting tables for metalworking; extraction systems for the electronics and automobile industries; an automated storage and retrieval system; a tracking system for photovoltaic systems; welding protection products, respiratory protection systems; and accessories, maintenance and servicing. KEMPER, one of the world market leaders for vacuum and filter units, was founded in 1977 and now has 285 employees. In addition to its main office in Vreden, KEMPER maintains production locations in Shanghai and Prague. The company is also represented by eight branch offices and numerous trade partners.
Reported by Jeanny H. Lim
What do you see as the trends and market forces driving PV technology in the second half of 2011?
There will not be any major technical developments within the next six months. Given the fact that solar power subsidies decline, the necessity to achieve competitive prices per KWh will continue to be overriding important. Increased efficiency of solar trackers compared to fixed systems will even add to this trend. With improved power storage possibilities, we will notice a strong trend of own consumption of current in the medium term of private households. We want to amplify this trend through the development of smaller trackers.
How are PV prices expected to develop in the second half?
Producers of solar modules are challenged to design cheaper and more efficient modules. The whole industry would profit from lower system prices.
Where do you put your focus this year, in terms of business growth and technology development?
As a relatively new player in the solar tracker market, this year’s goal is to reach a big international audience for our high-quality and efficient KemTRACK products. Increased international demand approves this strategy.
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